Tropical Institute of Development Innovations

National CERTIFICATE IN applied chemistry


Course Description

This course presents the fundamental principles and objectives of applied chemistry; physical, analytical and organic chemistry. Topics covered include; Gases, liquid and solid; acid and bases; chemical equilibrium, Chemical Kinetics, Analytical Chemistry, organic chemistry, alkanes, alkenes, alkynes, Alkyl Halides, Alcohols, Carbonyl Compounds, Carboxylic acids and Amines. The practicals are based on; Elemental analysis, solubility tests, standardization of solutions, calculations involving concentrations and molar masses, and functional group analysis. Complete analysis involves the determination of: physical characteristics and physical constants in reference to literature. 

Expected Learning Outcomes 

At the end of the course, students will be able to:

  • 1)      Explain and apply the fundamental concepts of stoichiometry in chemical reactions
  • 2)      Account for the process that hold compounds together and interpret the differences between the three states of matter
  • 3)   Discuss properties of solutions, colligative properties and do calculations based on the concentrations of a solute solution.
  • 4)      Perform basic calculations concerning chemical equilibria and chemical kinetics
  • 5) Describe the role and importance of organic chemistry in everyday life (e.g. drugs, food supplements, plastics, detergents, fibres, insecticides, etc.)
  • 6)      Identify the various functional groups in organic chemistry and explain the simple reactions they undergo
  • 7)   Complete equations, predict products and write plausible reaction mechanisms for given reactions
  • 8) Manipulate apparatus and reagents, make observations, analyze and interpret data, and then draw meaningful conclusions/deductions. 

 Course Aim

The main aim of this course is to develop the student’s knowledge and understanding of the basic principles of physical, analytical and organic chemistry.


National Certificate in Apilied Chemistry

Admission requirements: A candidate shall be eligible for admission to the Uganda National Certificate in Applied Chemistry on meeting any of the following minimum qualifications:

A candidate should have obtained a Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE) with at least 3 credit passes 

At least a credit in Uganda Junior Technical  Certificate from a recognized institution in any of the  fields or any other  field as approved by the Selection Committee constituted by the Ministry of Education and Sports.

Duration: 2 years.


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Semester one: Year 1

  • CAC 1101; Fundamentals of applied physical chemistry (Quantitative)
    CAC 1102; Fundamentals of applied inorganic chemistry (qualitative)
    CTD 1101; Introduction to computer literacy.
    CTD 1102; Basic communication skills.
    CAC 1201; Fundamentals of applied chemistry (electrochemical)

Semester Two: Year 1.

  • CAC 1202; Fundamentals of applied chemistry.
    CAC 1203; Environmental Chemistry.
    CAC 1204; Innovation skills.
    CTD 1103; Fundamental Biostatistics.
    Core courses (Recess Term)
    CAC 1310; Innovation Project 1
    CAC 1302; Field placement.

Semester three: Year 2

  • CAC 2101; Salt and Allied Industries (development and innovations)
    CAC 2102; Cosmetics development and innovations.
  • CAC 2103; Foods and Beverages (development and innovations)
    CAC 2104; Research and innovations (scientific writing)
    CAC 2201; Mineral, mining and oil industry development and innovations.

Semester Four: Year 2

  • CAC 2202; Pharmaceutic development and innovations.
    CAC 2203; Animal and fisheries development and innovations.
    CAC 2204; Environmental protection and waste management
    (development and innovation)